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Annie K.
Member since Apr-02-04 · Last seen Sep-19-17
Annie Kappel

My YouTube channel, featuring pronunciations of non-English chess player names:

I'm 43 y/o, of Transylvanian origin, living in Israel since childhood. I speak English (no, really), Hungarian (great language!), and Hebrew (if I must, which is often, for some reason).

Afflicted with an uncontrollable sense of humor and other highly controversial characteristics.

I learned chess as a child, but had no further opportunities to practice the game. Returned to it seriously around 2004, and have been hanging out here since.

Note: if I am not home (i.e., here), you can probably find me at the Domdaniel chessforum, the SwitchingQuylthulg chessforum, the visayanbraindoctor chessforum, or the chessforum! :)


<My City of Moscow skits:>

<<<<<<>>>>> Kramnik's Party -> City of Moscow (kibitz #752)

<<<<<<>>>>> Sochi 2008: An F-Files Production -> City of Moscow (kibitz #774)


<Game Collection: My GotD Puns>

<My favorites:>

All Your Baze Are Belong To Us - L Baze vs T Palmer, 2004 - GotD Mar-21-10

Y Yu No Claim Repetition? - Yu Yangyi vs M R Venkatesh, 2012 - GotD Jun-30-12

He Who Has E Tate is Lost - E Tate vs Y Shulman, 2001 - GotD Sep-22-16

How Many Roads Must Aman Walk Down? - S Shankland vs A Hambleton, 2014 - GotD Dec-23-16 (besides the obvious reason for the pun - a long King walk - note also the terms 'shank' and 'amble' embedded in the player names)

So me the Wei - W So vs Wei Yi, 2013 - GotD Jan-29-17

This Won't Borya Ider - B Ider vs Wei Yi, 2014 - GotD Apr-01-17 (follow-up to previous day's GotD, 'This Won't Borya')


<My other (linkable) site contributions:>

* The Player Names Pronunciation Project: (or look for names with a loudspeaker icon in the Player Directory)

* Created on my suggestion: Biographer Bistro

* The first (now retired) Carlsen Dancing Rook:

* The Caruana Dancing Rook:

* The Hou Dancing Rook:


<<<<<<< MAJOR CHESS SITES <<>>>>>>>>>

<< Correspondence chess <<<<<<>>>>>>>>

< ChessWorld ->

ChessWorld is my new main chess playing base. It's a rather restrictive site for non-paying members, but one of the best sites for paying members. The full features include excellent interface options and first class study and analysis resources. Nice community, likeable admin. Paid membership recommended.

< Update: while I will leave the original entry for ChessWorld as-is, I have by now been a member of the site for 2 years, and am now an admin there. I still think the site is one of the best, and the <other> admins are nice. :p >

My ChessWorld profile:

< Queen Alice ->

Queen Alice is a charming site - well behaved players, decent admin, site design visually very pleasant. It is also completely free. Unfortunately, it lacks team play, the interface and resources are relatively simple, and it can be frustratingly slow (loading times). Nevertheless warmly recommended.

My QueenAlice profile:

< GameKnot ->

GameKnot is technically an excellent site, however I would not recommend it to the serious player who is looking for a site to settle in, due to an anti$ocial admin with ju$t one $ingle intere$t in hi$ $ite... oop$, $orry about the typo$.

My GameKnot profile:

<< Other chess sites <<<<<<>>>>>>>>

< FICS - the Free Internet Chess Server ->

FICS is a great site to play chess at various faster time controls. There are a few difficulties getting started with it - first, it can be hard to find an email they will accept for registration; and second, there's a lot of site code to learn. But it's worth the hassle. :)

< ChessCube ->

ChessCube is quite good for fast time control games - provided you have a strong computer with broadband, as the site is entirely Flash based, which means it takes considerable computer resources to load. The site is nominally free, but heavily commercialized with all sorts of frills that can be purchased on it.

< Emrald Chess Tactics Server ->

Emrald is not a playing site - it is an invaluable tactical training asset. The only problem with it is also the difficulty of finding an "acceptable" email address to register with; but once past that hurdle, the site deserves nothing but praise.

It's a completely free site. You can play (practice) there as a guest, but they recommend registering, so that their program can keep track of your progress, in order to assign you puzzles best suited to your current level. I strongly second that recommendation. Register and always play logged in! It will make a huge difference in the site's ability to help you improve. An issue that scares some people off Emrald is that your progress is tracked via a "rating system", and because of the high importance they assign to speed, if you are not used to finding tactics fast, your rating will be very low at first - and many people are simply embarrassed to play logged in for that reason. Don't let it bother you! If you let embarrassment hold you back from letting the site help you improve to the best of its ability, you are only shooting yourself in the foot, and nobody else really cares that much anyway. ;p

A few of the people I've recommended Emrald to, had dropped it after a brief trial with remarks along the lines of "Oh, it's a blitz training site. I don't play blitz, so I don't like their obsession with speed." That reaction is absolutely wrong - and it's also one that many people who try the site out for only a short time are likely to have, if only because players who are used to being rated, say, 2000 and above, at corr. chess sites, are going to be annoyed and put on the defensive about finding themselves rated as low as 1200-1300 at Emrald, and will wish to dismiss the "insulting" site.

Yes, the Emrald rating system is heavily influenced by speed. But thinking that the site's purpose is blitz training is a complete misunderstanding of the lesson taught. The real purpose of Emrald practice is not to improve your blitz skills, but to train you to recognize dozens of tactical themes and opportunities AT A GLANCE - which will not only save you time in games of any time control, but is often the only way you will catch them AT ALL. Those brilliant tactical shots that can be seen in anyone's collection of "most memorable games", are often moves that will either occur to you as soon as you glance at the position, or you will miss them altogether. That's what Emrald really teaches - tactical chess intuition.

<Intuition in chess can be defined as the first move that comes to mind when you see a position. --- <Viswanathan Anand>>

<Personally, I am of the view that if a strong master does not see such a threat at once he will not notice it, even if he analyses the position for twenty or thirty minutes. --- <Tigran Petrosian >>


^ TL;DR.

Any other questions, feel free to ask. I might even answer. ;p

>> Click here to see Annie K.'s game collections. Full Member

   Annie K. has kibitzed 7215 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Sep-18-17 Olga Viewer chessforum
Annie K.: ...another approach would be having the engine analysis window come with its own playable Olga viewer, instead of the static diagram it has now.
   Sep-11-17 Chessgames Bookie chessforum (replies)
Annie K.: Thanks for the updates, <FSR>. :) < moronovich: <Sometimes Pick-3 is the only way to give the tailenders a chance to make real progress!>> Don't I know it! But why settle for a Pick Three when you can have a Pick Four? ;)
   Sep-03-17 NN vs Judy, 1851 (replies)
Annie K.: <An Englishman> keep'em coming, cute idea. :)
   Aug-28-17 chessforum (replies)
Annie K.: <td> try Alt+Shift.
   Aug-22-17 Annie K. chessforum
Annie K.: Groan... :p You'll love them. Brooke is one of those select few who know terms like 'l'esprit de l'escalier'. ;)
   Aug-20-17 Fine vs Prins, 1936 (replies)
Annie K.: <thegoldenband> nice one! Keep'em coming. :)
   Aug-20-17 R Zile vs Nyberg, 1984
Annie K.: Yep, very sad... :D
   Aug-13-17 Kibitzer's Café (replies)
Annie K.: <ChessBookie Action:> Saint Louis Rapid & Blitz: WINNER Saint Louis Rapid & Blitz - Kasparov vs Caruana : Head-to-head score Saint Louis Rapid & Blitz - Kasparov vs Karjakin : Head-to-head score Saint Louis Blitz - Kasparov vs Nakamura : Head-to-head score Saint ...
   Aug-13-17 Garry Kasparov (replies)
Annie K.: <ChessBookie Action:> Saint Louis Rapid & Blitz: WINNER Saint Louis Rapid & Blitz - Kasparov vs Caruana : Head-to-head score Saint Louis Rapid & Blitz - Kasparov vs Karjakin : Head-to-head score Saint Louis Blitz - Kasparov vs Nakamura : Head-to-head score Saint ...
   Aug-02-17 Caruana vs Carlsen, 2017 (replies)
Annie K.: Bookie bets are up for Round 1: Sinquefield Round 1: Caruana - Carlsen Sinquefield Round 1: Vachier-Lagrave - So Sinquefield Round 1: Anand - Nakamura
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Procrastinators' Club (planned)

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  visayanbraindoctor: <Chapter 23. Loyalty>

They landed at the coordinates Kusgan had given them. It was in North Tunga City Forest Park, beside the northern wall of the Presidential Palace.

‘I don’t like this,’ Bantay complained. ‘Within DATA, it was Duso that directly ordered Tuman’s assassination, and he was the prime advocate for the termination of Kaluwasan and other decentralist organizations by Dumot.’

‘Quiet, Bantay!’ Lili hissed at him.

The DATA Deputy Director for Enforcement, Minister Duso, stepped out into the small clearing.

‘Deputy Minister!’ Lili saluted. ‘You’re alone sir?’

Duso saluted back, and gave a curt nod to the avatars. ‘Yes. We have to talk. Did Kusgan give you your orders?’

‘To terminate the Possessed in the Palace.’

‘And after?’

‘Minister Kusgan said we will await further orders.’

Duso eyed them.

‘Will President Tagas survive?’

‘Depends on our purpose,’ Lili answered.

‘To liberate Alogostan?’

‘Yes, and all the provinces.’

‘We save Tunga City?’

‘So our people will be free.’

Duso cleared his throat. ‘Please follow me.’

Duso led them further into the forest, the dragons gingerly trailing behind them. ‘It’s clear that with the WDF in disarray and Alogostan isolated, we will lose the war. We may have had differences in the past, but I am glad that you saw the wisdom of making a deal with the Hilistani Alliance.’

‘I presume they have talked to you as they did to me, Sir?’ Lili inquired. ‘Our contact gave me you name.’

‘Yes. They will allow us self-governance, retain Tunga City as the capital of Alogostan, but our present leadership has to go. The new leadership will make peace with the Hilistanis. That’s us of course, you, me, and other dissenting high officials.’

‘Sir! If I may say so, we’re not that high up in our government’s hierarchy. What about the head of other government departments, the military, and the Senate?’

‘Don’t worry Colonel. Most of those useless parasitic bureaucrats have already been killed off by the Hilistani Possesses invading through the Portals. As you well know, they preferentially hit military and government centers first. We, the ones that have come into agreement with the Hilistanis, are the ones that matter since we are the ones that will be in power. We can execute or assassinate the rest of any power-grabbing garbage against us later on.’

Lili remained silent.

Duso eyed her. ‘You object, Colonel Lili? It’s them or us. Do you see any alternative plan?’

Lili laughed. ‘No Deputy Minister. I’m DATA’s top assassin. I’ve no problems with assassinating people.’

Duso gave one of his rare smiles. ‘We lose Iladistan back to Unitemplism. We pay Hilistan billions in war damages, sign unequal economic treaties. But that’s a better alternative than getting invaded, our infrastructure destroyed, our people converted to Unitemplism, and Alogostan itself getting annexed into Hilistan and ceasing to exist as a Nation. We have to do this before they begin ground invasion of Alogostan itself, or they’ll take back their offer.’

Duso led them to a huge tree. ‘This is an emergency exit from the Presidential bunker. Just keep turning left at the forks. The sensors will recognize your retinal scan. Above the ninth blast door is a maintenance tunnel.’

Duso punched in keys on his tabcom, and then placed his palm on the trunk. Sensors on the tree and ground scanned his retina. Duso typed in more commands into his tabcom, and the tree’s sensors likewise proceeded to scan Lili’s eyes.

A camouflaged entrance to an underground tunnel opened at the base of the tree.

DATA Deputy Director for Human Intelligence Lihok stepped out of the opening, gun in hand pointed straight at Duso. Behind him was a squad of DATA agents.

‘You traitor,’ Lihok snarled. ‘I’ve been tapping into your com, and I heard everything.’ He shot Duso.

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  visayanbraindoctor: The bullet pinged off the tip of Ihap’s polearm. She had managed to jump beside Duso and interpose her weapon in a split second.

The dragon Blu disappeared behind them, traveled at near lightspeed to the tree, and then pushed Lihok and his men back in the tunnel with one of his wings. The wing also completely covered the opening. Inside the tunnel Lihok and his agents fired at Blu’s wing, but the slugs just bounced off the dragon’s bullet-resistant skin.

Lili had already stepped in front of Duso. ‘Blu, make a hole for me to shoot at them,’ she ordered.

Blu retracted his wing to the right, creating a small gap on the tree’s entrance on the left. Lili jammed her AK launcher into the opening and began firing grenades into the tunnel.

After Lili was done firing, Blu retracted his wing from the tree entrance. In full armor Bantay, Luto, and Ihap went in first.

‘Clear!’ Bantay yelled.

‘Blu, Yel, stay here,’ Lili ordered. She and Deputy Director Duso entered. They gingerly stepped over the shredded remains of Lihok and his five man squad.

Duso glared at his dead colleague. ‘You’re the traitor to Alogostan, Lihok.’ He turned to Lili. ‘That was quick thinking, Colonel. And your avatar and dragon also reacted perfectly. Nicely done! I commend you.’

Lili blinked in surprise.

Duso looked almost apologetic. ‘Yeah, I know you know that I was always against Kusgan’s decision to recruit Tamawos into DATA, and that I must have been a constant pain in your eye throughout your career. But you and the other Tamawos have proven your worth.’

‘Just doing what needs to be done, Sir,’ Lili replied gruffly.

‘It’s going to change, Colonel. Once we are in power, I’ll support a move to recruit more Tamawos into the new government’s security forces.’

‘Yes, Sir.’

Duso once again looked at Lihok’s corpse disdainfully. ‘I’ll have to get back to the DATA camp in the forest, and do a little investigation if this scum has recruited more agents into his traitorous side. Proceed with your mission, Colonel.’

Duso and Lili exchanged salutes. Duso exited the tunnel.

Lili, Bantay, Luto, and Ihap stared down into the tunnel like sailors studying the edge of an uncharted sea.

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  Alien Math: <Annie K.> unsure if there were any spelling requests lately since i probably missed a page or two, hope all are well
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  Annie K.: Hi <Hanh>! Everything's fine, and you didn't miss any spelling requests. :)
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  visayanbraindoctor: <Chapter 24. Faith>

Further in, the tunnel was lighted up by LED lamps and sloped down and to the right. The door behind them slid shut.

Bantay was frowning. ‘It seems that the Hilistani Alliance made a different bargain with Deputy Minister Duso and his faction in the Alogostani leadership.’

Lili sighed. ‘You know that he’s an extreme nationalist. He’s not a criminal per se out for personal profit. He is acting according to his own ideal. The Hilistanis see that just as they see we are motivated by a different cause. So that’s what they’ve offered Duso and his fellows. The Hilistani High Clerics already admitted this in our computer generated meeting.’

After several meters they arrived at two blast doors. Lili placed her palm on a control panel on the wall beside the left door and stared at a sensor above it for a retinal scan. The blast door slid up.

‘If the Hilistanis can lie to Duso, why can’t they lie to us?’ Luto pointed out. ‘They’re probably just using us.’

‘Then it’s like they’re riding a tiger.’

Bantay, Luto, and Ihap looked at Lili in puzzlement, but she just walked on, while Lupad nodded knowingly.

They repeated the same procedure for the next doors. On the ninth fork, they stopped. Three meters above the left door was a small grate.

Bantay leaped up and hit the wall above the grate with his mace. Crack! Rock crumbled into dust, and in place of the grate there appeared a man-sized hole.

The avatars and Lili, with her Tamawo strength, easily jumped into the hole.

‘OK we’re now in the service tunnels to the Presidential bunker. We follow this map Duso uploaded into my tabcom.’ Lili’s tabcom flashed a holographic 3D map above her wrist.

‘I hope Duso’s map is reliable.’ Bantay commented.

‘There’s no reason it would not be. We’re going to the main entrance of the bunker,’ Lili announced. ‘It’s under siege by the Hilistani Alliance Possessed. Bantay will clear obstacles along the way with his mace.’

‘Think we’ll be meeting more Possessed in here?’ Ihap asked. She, Luto, and Lupad produced small shovels from their satchels.

Luto chuckled, waving his shovel like a knife he was about to plunge into a piece of steak. ‘I hope so. After the buffet we had at DATA HQ, I’m all out for dessert.’

Lili shook her head. ‘These tunnels are closed off to the Presidential Palace where the Hilistani Possessed are. All we’re going to meet are humans, and that’s where I’ll be useful, since your programming prohibits you from attacking them. All you need to do is protect me and dig a hole.’

The next several minutes saw the squad navigating a maze of smaller tunnels where they had to stoop and crawl most of the time, their tabcom lights turned on to provide illumination. Lili trailed behind the avatars. Taking precautions against potentially toxic or unoxygenated air, she donned on a face mask and lit up a commando’s oxygen lamp from her satchel. It was a fireproof air-tight translucent contraption in which an oxygen candle burned. A malleable tube from the lamp connected it to her face mask, supplying her with O2. The avatars simply ceased breathing, relying on the dark energy which they had taken from the Possessed they had slain in DATA HQ. In case of emergency, each also had a supply of Bugo coins in their pockets.

Whenever they came upon too-small junctures or locked grates, Bantay would shatter them with his mace. Half a dozen times, the tunnel narrowed too much for a human to traverse. In those cases, Bantay would pulverize the walls and roof creating more space for them. Luto would scoop up the rubble and pass it on to Ihap, who in turn would shovel it on to the unarmored Lupad behind her, bucket brigade style. A few times Bantay had to smash through several meters of intervening wall in order to reach adjacent tunnels that Lili’s map indicated were larger or that happened to be shortcuts. The combat avatars’ armor protected them from the exploding pieces of rock that Bantay’s mace crushed, while the vulnerable Lupad at the end of the bucket brigade was positioned away from the crumbling front area. Lili stayed well behind the avatars so as not to get injured, protected from the rock powder in the air by her face mask. The avatars worked very efficiently, rapidly burrowing through the hard ground like a crab in loose sand.

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  visayanbraindoctor: ‘This is easier than I thought,’ Ihap remarked.

‘Thanks to Bantay’s mace,’ Luto said. ‘My knife and your polearm can do the same. Have you forgotten that Ihap?’

‘No, I still have that memory from the Dark War; but I can also now recall that Bantay’s blunt mace can do it a lot faster than our edged weapons.’

‘It’s amazing,’ Lili observed, walking in a crouch behind them.

Lupad shrugged. ‘In the Great Dark War, many combat avatars were also designed to dig tunnels into bedrock. The ability was useful in infiltrating fortresses or busting out of prisons. Their dark-powered weapons, if they choose, can separate the components of hard rock into individual molecules, although that would consume a lot of dark energy. Bantay is merely turning rock into smaller pieces of grit and sand so he won’t run out of fuel, so to speak.’

Lili nodded. ‘No one considered these tunnels navigable given their small size. Whenever servicing was needed, small specialty robots did the job.’

Bantay was smiling as he destroyed another part of the wall. ‘They simply did not consider that Veteran combat avatars can break through them so readily.’

The air soon grew cooler and a discernible breeze swept their faces. ‘We’re close,’ Lili announced.

Following Duso’s map they finally came upon a larger space in the middle of which was a small grate on the floor from which human voices could be heard. They peered down.

‘Only tigers could have gone to where we are now and do what we are about to do,’ Lupad whispered softly.

It was the command and control center of the very high tech Presidential bunker. Ranking military officers, soldiers, Presidential Security Guards and Aides, high government officials, occasional cyborg technicians, and various specialty robots of all sizes and shapes, milled about table computers. Various holographic monitors filled the air. President Tagas was pacing nervously in the center of the chamber near a command chair.

In the tunnel darkness Bantay gazed at Lili. ‘Will President Tagas survive?’

‘Not if we are faithful to our purpose,’ Lili answered.

‘To liberate Alogostan?’ Luto asked.

‘Just the provinces.’

‘Then Tunga City must fall?’ Ihap inquired.

‘So that our peoples shall be free.’ Lili took off her AK from her back and aimed its grenade launcher at the grate.

Bantay smashed the grate open with his mace.

Lili fired a grenade into the Command Room’s central table computer. It exploded, disabling the computerized defense and locks for the Presidential bunker. She fired a second grenade straight at President Tagas, who burst into a thousand fleshy pieces.

Lili kept on firing with the uncanny speed and accuracy of a Tamawo, shredding both computer tables and VIP personnel in her line of sight, filling the room with smoke, noise, light, and death. In the faded tunnel, sunset hair framed her lovely face in a picture of gloom.

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  visayanbraindoctor: <Annie> I'm overloaded with work on the syllabuses.

I may be able to continue with the story in August.

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  Annie K.: Sure, <doc>. I love to read your story, but this should always be fun for you as well, so take your time, there's no hurry. :)
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  SwitchingQuylthulg: <Annie> Happy birthday! :)
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  hemy: <Annie> Happy birthday! "Up to 120!"
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  wordfunph: happy birthday, <Annie>!
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  moronovich: Happy birthday,dear <Annie> !
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  Annie K.: Thanks everybody! :)
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  visayanbraindoctor: Boldog zületésnapot! Yom hu'ledet sameach! (I hope I got it right.) Happy Birthday <Annie>!
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  Alien Math: Happy Birthday <Annie K.>!
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  Annie K.: Heh, pretty close! :D
Thx doc, Hanh. :)
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  Annie K.: OK, question for the chess research buffs:

Is this a position from a real game? The setup actually looks realistic, but I can't make out which piece is which...

Love this comic, btw. :D

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  Alien Math: if you don't mind us bypassing the right click limits on the page the fun stuff is,

title= "9 Chickweed Lane for 2000-12-22"
description= "For Dec 22, 2000"

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  visayanbraindoctor: <Annie K.>

I am still busy writing language syllabuses. In the following audio-video

I had to do the voice over myself, since I could find no one else hereabouts that is fluent in all three languages. So that's actually my voice you're hearing.

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  visayanbraindoctor: I had to delete the original video above because I found significant errors on review. Here's the new corrected one.

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  Domdaniel: Am I a whole month late already? Oops. Summertime and the living is easy, yanno.

Happy belated birthday anyhow, hon. I'll aim for more accuracy next time, honest.

And of course you remain a star, whatever the calendar says.

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  Annie K.: Thx. :)

While I'm about, I would like to mention that these days, my favorite cartoonist is Brooke McEldowney, the author and artist of <9 Chickweed Lane> and <Pibgorn>, both absolutely wonderful comics, though I have a marked preference for the adventures of Pibby (of the eponymous 'Pibgorn' strip) and her friend Drusilla... recommended to go back and read from the beginning! ;)

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  Domdaniel: Thanx. Pibweed and Chickgorn will be investigated in cue dourse.
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  Domdaniel: I may even play the Chickgorn Defense...
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  Annie K.: Groan... :p

You'll love them. Brooke is one of those select few who know terms like 'l'esprit de l'escalier'. ;)

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